Eagle Cliff

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Starved Rock and Eagle Cliff rise from the Illinois river, covered with trees in red, orange, and yellow fall leaves.

Ready for one of the more spectacular vistas in the park? Then take the journey to Eagle Cliff!  Spectacular views of the Illinois river to the east are the order of the day here.  Children may enjoy seeing boats pilot through the Starved Rock locks from here. This is one of the more popular overlooks in the park, so come early before the crowds, or even come in the winter when the snow gives the landscape a frosty makeover.

Length from the Visitors Center: .8 miles

Difficulty: Moderately difficult. One major staircase must be climbed. 3/4 of the trail is on boardwalk

Parking: Visitor Center / Lodge / Overflow

Waterfall: No

Top View: Yes, overlooking the park and the Illinois River.

Interior Canyon View: No

Flora and Fauna: Great views of the Illinois River where hikers may experience White Pelicans, Bald Eagles, Double Crested Cormorants, Gulls, Terns, waterfowl such as Golden Eye Ducks, Great Blue Herons, and even glimpses of the shimmery silver backs of the invasive Asian Carps below in the river. 

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Published by Ana Segota

Co-founder and designer at Anariel Design.

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